The foolish son and the chest Part 1There was once a kindly old man who used his knowledge and spices for the benefit of hid neighbors. Rather than take all credit, he pretended that his antidotes and answers came from a little chest full of spices, books and recipes. From miles around, people came to him with their troubles, and the man was pleased to open his chest and put things right.
The well beloved man lived to a good age, then died, leaving all of his chattels to his only son. This son was of a very different disposition to his gentle father. Those who were uneducated were to the son`s mind, unworthy, and he had oftened mocked the father`s habit of dispensing aid to their neighboors.
Upon the father`s death, the son found hidden inside inside the old chest an old lever bearing his name. A fragment of parchment within it wore the words: "In the fond hope, my son , that you will never need it".
The son cursed his father`s age softened mind, then in a rage attack, threw the lever to the roof, resolving